November, in addition to being men’s prostate cancer awareness month (you are growing out your mustache, right?), is also apparently Eastern Orthodoxy month on this blog.
We’ve had some great interactions, and I want to personally thank everyone who has weighed in on the comments of these posts, especially Steven Greydanus (Christianity’s preeminent film reviewer), Perry Robinson, Nick, Isa Almisry, Joe Heschmeyer, Nicholas, Hieromonk Ambrose (who gets the coolest name award, hands-down), Timothy Flanders, John Hogg, and Peter aka PMG.
Orthodoxy’s Position On the Bishop of Rome
Jesus asked the Apostles, “who do you say that I am?” I’d like to ask the same thing of my Orthodox friends. Not because I’m trying to trap you, but because I honestly don’t know.
Who do you say the bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict, is?
Is there an official Orthodox position on the bishop of Rome?
Is he a heretic? A schismatic? Both? An Anti-Christ?
Regarding the Dialogue We’ve Been Having
How often to Orthodox and Catholic laymen get together and hash out our differences, in a respectful and calm way? In my experience, not very. Which is why I’ve enjoyed these posts that have gotten such a positive interaction from people on both sides. My thought is, if we can’t talk about it, we’ll never get anywhere.
Further, I let the comments range all over. That’s the way I roll. Other sites—ones I greatly respect—moderate comments that aren’t focused on the particular topic at hand. That makes the posts and comment threads stay on topic and is quite helpful. But I feel that, especially in this discussion, having a discussion is more important than having a laser-focused one. Let’s just talk and argue and hopefully come out more knowledgeable and respecting of each other afterward.
Big Hat-Tip to Brent Stubbs for thinking of this follow-up to the great discussion we had.